“Millionaires and celebrities get all the attention,” said Tim McKee, a spokesman for Connecticut Greens and a member of the party’s national committee. “We want to get more average people running for office, but it’s becoming harder and harder. … It’s a millionaires’ club.”
This year, the Green Party has candidates for attorney general, secretary of the state, treasurer and comptroller. It has no candidate for governor at this point.
The party’s nominee for governor in 2006, Clifford Thornton, just missed getting 1 percent of the vote, which means the party no longer has an automatic line on the gubernatorial ballot.
McKee and other Green activists are taking a different approach this year, focusing on winning legislative races in addition to the four state constitutional offices.
So far, the party has nominated four candidates for the General Assembly. It also tapped Scott Deshefy, a retired DEP worker from Lebanon, to run for Congress from the 2nd District.
“We’re trying to be realistic,” McKee said. “You spend a lot of money and energy running for high-profile offices, but it’s hard to get press, hard to get into any debates. … There are just tremendous hurdles for a party that’s trying to grow.”
Activists are emboldened by last week’s victory in Great Britain, where Caroline Lucas became the first Green Party member of Parliament.